In 2015, Uber opened a research facility around the corner from Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center in a move positioned as a partnership between the two organizations. Within months, dozens of faculty members had left their positions for full-time roles at Uber, draining the center of much of its talent. Other major tech companies have followed a similar path – in 2018, Facebook launched AI labs in Seattle and Pittsburgh headed by former professors. These stories provide a window into a tug-of-war that’s been playing out between the tech industry and academia. Keen to build products and services that use AI and machine learning, tech firms and other businesses have been hiring away researchers and professors from universities, creating a shortage of academics who can teach the next generation of data scientists. The proportion of computer science PhDs who stay in academia has reached a “historic low,” the Computing Research … [Read more...] about How the tech industry can help fix our AI skills shortage
A study last year reported that 81 percent of enterprises now have a multi-cloud strategy, and a majority have a hybrid of private and public clouds. That’s a significant number of companies struggling to manage complex existing networks and multiple clouds as well as the associated security strains. Blockchain technology may still be the new kid on the block, but it has a lot of promise in exactly this kind of environment. Let’s take a look at two common challenges where blockchain has potential: Making clouds talk to each other No matter the reason that necessitates a multi-cloud or hybrid setup, the associated networking challenges are almost always the same. Instances in each cloud provider are typically in their own private network and can’t see each other — let alone communicate — without significant routing or firewall configurations. Each instance essentially lives in a silo without any interconnection. If the instances do get bridged, it’s … [Read more...] about Blockchain can help enterprises improve multi-cloud network management
Updated 1:26 am PST, Sunday, January 27, 2019 Emerson dos Santos stands on the debris of her mother's house in Brumadinho, Brazil, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. Rescuers in helicopters on Saturday searched for survivors while firefighters dug through mud in a huge area in southeastern Brazil buried by the collapse of a dam holding back mine waste, with at least nine people dead and up to 300 missing. Dos Santos' mother was not in the house and survived the tragedy. less Emerson dos Santos stands on the debris of her mother's house in Brumadinho, Brazil, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. Rescuers in helicopters on Saturday searched for survivors while firefighters dug through mud in a ... more Photo: Leo Correa, AP Photo: Leo Correa, AP Image 1 of / 19 Caption Close Image 1 of 19 Emerson dos … [Read more...] about The Latest: Israeli searchers to help Brazil in dam collapse
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson announced on Friday that his agency is turning to money appropriated for its fiscal year 2018 budget to provide $2 billion in grants for homeless programs in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and three U.S. territories. Carson told reporters on a conference call that HUD had felt the pinch from the partial government shutdown that President Donald Trump ended Friday, but money Congress has already appropriated to the agency was used to fund the grants.“They are certain programs … that are critical to the safety and health of the individuals and families we serve,” Carson said on the call. “That’s why HUD is making sure our homeless assistance grants — we call them Continuum of Care Grants — go forward.” Carson said state programs depend on federal financial assistance to help the estimated half a million people who experience homelessness “on any given night,” in … [Read more...] about HUD Providing $2 Billion in Grants to Help Homeless Across U.S.
Updated 12:11 pm CST, Saturday, January 26, 2019 Joie Henney, 65, hugs his emotional support alligator named Wally inside their home in York Haven, Pa. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. Henney said he received approval from his doctor to use Wally as his emotional support animal after not wanting to go on medication for depression. (Heather Khalifa/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP) less Joie Henney, 65, hugs his emotional support alligator named Wally inside their home in York Haven, Pa. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. Henney said he received approval from his doctor to use Wally as his emotional ... more Photo: Heather Khalifa, AP Photo: Heather Khalifa, AP Image 1 of / 5 Caption Close Image 1 of 5 Joie Henney, 65, hugs his emotional support alligator named Wally inside their home in … [Read more...] about Man says emotional support alligator helps his depression